Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 17, 2013

Work on new W.Va. Guard center ahead of schedule

BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Army National Guard officials say construction of a new readiness center in Buckhannon is ahead of schedule.

The center is scheduled to be completed in November 2014. But Guard spokesman Col. David Shafer tells The Exponent Telegram (http://bit.ly/11QJPqp ) that the facility is expected to be open in August 2014.

The $13 million center will replace the Guard’s armory along West Virginia Route 20. The armory will be turned over to the community.

National Guard Maj. Gen. James Hoyer says the center will be the home of the  601st Engineer Co., the 1935th Contracting Team and the 229th Engineer Detachment.

The facility also will house a conference center managed by the Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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